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Vacation time / Leave – Employee Benefits

Vacation time / Leave – Employee Benefits. Here is a comprehensive compilation of the most creative employee Vacation time / Leave benefit ideas that enable innovative organizations deliver better value to their employees well beyond dental, health and pension options that most offer in their plans.

These ideas a relevant for all budgets and sizes of organizations and provide a simplified approach to Benefits planning to increase employee satisfaction.


 


 

Employee Benefits Ideas – Vacation time / Leave

 

  • Boston Consulting Group of Canada helps employees find balance between work and their personal lives with 3 weeks of starting vacation allowance, moving to 4 weeks after only 3 years on the job, and up to 12 paid personal days off which can be scheduled at employees’ discretion

 

  • Boston Consulting Group of Canada supports employees who want to start a family with maternity and parental leave top-up payments (up to 100% of salary for up to 17 weeks for birth mothers and adoptive parents) and offers a generous subsidy of $15,000 to help cover the costs of adoption

 

  • Blake, Cassels & Graydon supports employees who are new mothers with maternity leave top-up payments, ranging from 6 to 25 weeks, depending on their position, and recently launched a New Mothers Network at its Toronto office to provide female lawyers with a forum to discuss balancing their career and family demands

 

  • Capital One helps employees balance work and their personal lives with 3 weeks of starting vacation allowance and up to 15 paid personal days off, which can be scheduled at employees’ discretion

 

  • Capital One supports employees who are new mothers with maternity and parental leave top-up payments, to 100% of salary for the first 6 weeks, followed by 75% for 20 weeks

 

  • Cadillac Fairview supports employees who are new mothers as well as adoptive parents with maternity and parental leave top-up payments (to 70% of salary for up to 17 weeks)

 

  • In addition to 3 weeks of starting vacation allowance, Cadillac Fairview provides 5 days of paid winter holiday shutdown as well as personal paid days off which can be scheduled at employees’ discretion

 

  • CCAS of Toronto is a pioneer in providing more time off to employees in a challenging industry, offering 4 weeks of vacation to start and up to 10 paid personal days off, which can be used throughout the year

 

  • BASF Canada offers maternity and parental leave top-up payments for employees who are new mothers and fathers (including adoptive parents), to 100% of salary for up to 17 weeks — head office employees can also take advantage of a privately operated daycare located onsite

 

  • AstraZeneca Canada supports employees who are new parents with maternity and parental leave top-up payments and offers the option to extend their paid leave into an unpaid leave of absence

 

  • AMAPCEO provides exceptional maternity and parental leave top-up payments for employees who are new parents (including adoptive), ranging from 37 weeks to a full year of paid leave, and also offers up to 5 days of paid leave for grandparents following the birth or adoption of a grandchild

 

  • In addition to receiving 4 weeks of paid vacation allowance to start, AMAPCEO offers paid personal days off which can be scheduled at the employees’ discretion

 

  • Children’s Aid Society of Toronto truly does “walk-the-walk”, providing generous maternity and parental leave top-up payments for new mothers and fathers, including adoptive parents (up to 70% of salary for up to 34 weeks) and offers the option to extend their leave into an unpaid leave of absence.

 

  • In addition to 4 weeks of starting vacation allowance, Cisco Systems Canada offers employees up to 5 paid personal days each year, which can be scheduled at employees’ discretion

 

  • Coca-Cola Canada offers a number of family-friendly benefits including maternity and parental leave top-up payments for employees who are new mothers or fathers (including adoptive parents), a subsidy to help cover the costs of adoption when needed (to $4,000 per child), and the option for employees to extend their leave into an unpaid leave of absence

 

  • Diamond Schmitt Architects starts new employees with 3 weeks of paid vacation and offers all employees additional paid time off with summer holiday shutdown and closure between the Christmas and New Years holidays

 

  • The College of Physicians and Surgeons supports employees who are new mothers, fathers or adoptive parents with maternity and parental leave top-up payments (to 75% of salary for 28 weeks)

 

  • Employees who are new to Corby Spirit & Wine / Hiram Walker & Sons receive 2 to 3 weeks of paid vacation allowance to start as well as paid time off during the summer months and winter holidays (up to 5 days each season)

 

  • EllisDon provides maternity and parental leave top-up payments for employees who are new mothers, fathers or adoptive parents (to 100% of salary for up to 8 weeks)

 

  • Equitable Bank provides maternity and parental leave top-up payments for employees who are new mothers or fathers (including adoptive parents), to 100% of salary for 6 to 8 weeks, depending on the employee

 


 

 

 

Human Resources

Human Resources Consulting Firm TorontoWhat drives a great HR strategy? We have found that the most reliable and persuasive HR strategies are built on the intersections of the company’s capabilities, uniqueness and seamless execution. Businesses have to address a unique set of barriers that often require deeper insight. Arcus offers a fact based approach to align an organization’s strengths with customer needs.

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Dealing with complexity, constant change and resource optimization are priorities for growing for-profit and non-profit organizations. Change requires best practices in organizational effectiveness and flexible leadership. CEO’s need to learn about how to leverage best practices for effective change within their organizations. Benefits include substantial shareholder value, lower costs and streamlined businesses.

Our change model is based on practices of HROS (highly reliable organizations) in sectors with complex operations such as healthcare and nuclear energy. These organizations follow proven methodologies because human errors can have potentially catastrophic consequences. The comprehensive approach integrates process and human dimensions of change. Please review a few sample projects to learn more about our approach on an engagement.


 

Human Resources – Insights and Ideas

Human Resources – Insights and Ideas to help people managers optimize their strategies, strengthen retention and motivate staff. Read more.


 

Featured research: Beyond KPIs. The Importance of Building Trust.

Building Trust: “We need people in our lives with whom we can be as open as possible. To have real conversations with people may seem like such a simple, obvious suggestion, but it involves courage and risk.” –Thomas Moore


 

trustMany leaders can attest to this experience: You ask your team to carry out a task that has enough flexibility for creative input. Rather than making their own decisions, the team comes to you with an onslaught of questions, trying to pin down the exact parameters of the task. 

 

The reason for this behaviour is a lack of trust or possibly gaps in competencies. The latest results of the Arcus Trust Index survey indicate that trust in business in Canada has declined precipitously by 12 points to 42% over the past year. We haven’t seen a 12-point dip in the Arcus Index (that includes 55 dimensions of trust) since the Enron days. People simply don’t trust others like they used to. Read more.

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